Poster 66: Becca Westenskow – Evaluating a Robotic Pet Intervention Using Joy for All Companion Pets with Older Adults

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Faculty mentor: Rhonda Nelson

Robotic pets are rapidly gaining popularity as a new resource for use in recreational therapy (RT) practice. The Joy for All Companion Pets (JFACP), an affordably priced option available in cat and dog models, may be particularly well suited for yielding positive RT treatment outcomes in older adults. This pilot study used the JFACP on a memory support unit of a long-term care facility to evaluate resident responses to a specific protocol designed to assist in professional implementation.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: becca.westenskow@utah.edu

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